The first weekend of January is quickly becoming one of the more interesting of the year for those who avidly follow recruiting, filled with high school football All-American-type games.
This year, there are three and I will try to quickly break down each one and the notable UW commits or players considering the Huskies who are participating:
SEMPER FIDELIS ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
The Semper Fi game is played Friday in Carson, Calif., and will be shown live on the NFL Network at 6 p.m. Here is the home page with details and rosters, which includes listing where each of the players is committed.
Several other players in the game are considering UW, including two who are expected to announce their decisions soon — tight end Thomas Duarte of Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., who is choosing from UW, UCLA, Oregon and Notre Dame; and receiver John Ross of Jordan High in Long Beach, Calif., who is choosing from UW, UCLA, Oregon and Oregon State. Ross visited UW the weekend of Dec. 7, Duarte during the summer. And as always with these things, the list of players who may announce could change. But for now, those appear to be the two seriously considering UW playing in this game that are expected to announce.
U.S. ARMY ALL-AMERICAN BOWL
Generally considered the most prestigious of these games, the U.S. Army game is Saturday in San Antonio at 10 a.m. Seattle time, and will be televised live on NBC. Here is the home page for the game and the roster.
There are no players currently listed as committed to UW playing in the game. There is one who is expected to announce at the game who is seriously considering UW, if not thought leaning to the Huskies — defensive end Joe Mathis of Upland, Calif. Mathis, recall, committed to UW in Oct. 2011 before deciding later to re-open his recruitment. Still, he has had UW as a finalist all along and it will be no surprise if he picks UW — this recent SI.com story predicted either Utah or UW for Mathis. UPDATE — This Scout.com story from today on Mathis says his final five are Alabama, Texas A&M, USC, UCLA and Washington.
There are a few other players still considering UW also playing in the game, such as DT Eddie Vanderdoes, safety Jalen Ramsey and OL Nico Falah. Ramsey and Falah are each still considered commits to USC, however, and none are expected to make any announcements at the game.
Also playing in the game are two Washington products — QB Max Browne of Skyline and LB Myles Jack of Bellevue. Browne is committed to USC while Jack is officially committed to UCLA but plans to take all five of his visits, including one to UW, before making a final decision. Jack has set visits to Arizona State, UCLA, UW and Oregon in January having already visited Utah.
UNDER ARMOUR ALL-AMERICA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GAME
The only official UW commit in this game is receiver Demore’ea Stringfellow of Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif.
Several other players considering UW are in the game, including linebacker Reuben Foster of Auburn, Ala. (here’s an interesting recent story on Foster that includes the note that among his considerations in picking a college is doing what’s best for his 4-year-old daughter). Also in the game is offensive lineman Na’Ty Rodgers, who visited UW in December and is the son of former Husky Tyrone Rodgers, who was the starting nose tackle on the 1991 national title team.
As far as I can tell, no players considering UW are expected to make announcements in this game.